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SpringerBriefs in Food, Health, and Nutrition

Giardia as a Foodborne Pathogen

Authors: Robertson, Lucy J.

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Although widely recognized as an important waterborne pathogen, Giardia duodenalis can also be transmitted by contamination of food. The same properties of this protozoan parasite that mean that water is an excellent transmission vehicle are also important for foodborne transmission. These include the low infective dose, the high number of cysts that are excreted, and the robustness of these transmission stages. However, many more outbreaks of waterborne giardiasis have been reported than foodborne outbreaks. This is probably partly due to epidemiological tracing being much more difficult for foodborne outbreaks than waterborne outbreaks, and the number of persons exposed to infection often being fewer. Nevertheless, the potential importance of foodborne transmission is gradually being recognized, and a wide range of different foodstuffs have been associated with those outbreaks that have been recorded. Additionally, various factors mean that the potential for foodborne transmission is becoming of increasing importance: these include the growth of international food trade, a current trend for eating raw or very lightly cooked foods, and the rise in small-scale organic farms, where there the possibility for contamination of vegetable crops with animal faeces may be greater. ​

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction to Giardia duodenalis: The Parasite and the Disease

    Robertson, Lucy J.

    Pages 1-7

  • Transmission Routes and Factors That Lend Themselves to Foodborne Transmission

    Robertson, Lucy J.

    Pages 9-11

  • Documented Foodborne Outbreaks of Giardiasis

    Robertson, Lucy J.

    Pages 13-17

  • Approaches to Detecting Giardia Cysts in Different Food Matrices

    Robertson, Lucy J.

    Pages 19-26

  • Occurrence of Giardia Cysts in Different Food Matrices: Results of Surveys

    Robertson, Lucy J.

    Pages 27-36

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Giardia as a Foodborne Pathogen
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Food, Health, and Nutrition
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Lucy J. Robertson
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7756-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7756-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7755-6
Series ISSN
2197-571X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 57
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
Topics